If not, what are you afraid of?
I'd like to ask the latter question of Denis Davila, the National Director of Miss Universe Canada. He claimed that only "natural born" women are qualified to compete in the pageant.
However, Maria Keisling, the Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, claims that she read the rules and couldn't find any prohibition against transgenders. "It seems that they made (the rules) up on the fly to disqualify her," she explained.
In defending the ban on Talackova, Davila said, "Just because she can't compete doesn't mean we stopped loving her."